Easy Soda Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (500g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (optional, for a sweeter crust)
  • 1 3/4 cups (420ml) buttermilk
  • 1 large egg (optional, for richness)
  • Optional: 1 cup (150g) raisins or currants

Instructions

Get started:

  • Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  • If using raisins or currants, soak them in warm water for a few minutes to plump them up, then drain.

Combine dry ingredients:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar (if using).

Combine wet ingredients:

  • In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk and egg (if using) until well combined.

Make the dough:

  • Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the well.
  • Use a fork or rubber spatula to gently mix the wet and dry ingredients until a shaggy dough forms. Don’t overmix – the dough should be a bit sticky.
  • If using raisins or currants, gently knead them into the dough.

Form the loaf:

  • Lightly flour your hands and a work surface. Turn the dough out onto the surface and form it into a round loaf. Be gentle; you don’t want to knead too much.

Score and bake:

  • Transfer the loaf to the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to cut a deep ‘X’ across the top of the loaf
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the bread is a deep golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool and enjoy:

  • Let the soda bread cool on a wire rack for at least 15 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy warm with butter, jam, or alongside a hearty soup or stew!

Tips:

  • Buttermilk substitute: If you don’t have buttermilk, mix 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar into a measuring cup, then fill to the 1 3/4 cup line with regular milk. Let it rest for 5 minutes before using.
  • Whole Wheat Variation: You can substitute half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour for a heartier loaf.
  • Flavor Additions: Get creative! Try adding caraway seeds, chopped nuts, dried cranberries, or a sprinkle of cheese.

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